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Grimaldi Lines inaugurated service by its freshly lengthened and upgraded, environment-friendly superferry Cruise Roma in the port of Barcelona on 27 May before a group of distinguished guests, hosted by Grimaldi Group's corporate commercial director - short sea shipping, Guido Grimaldi.

The use of methanol as a marine fuel has not yet widespread interest amongst the global shipping community seeking alternatives to high-sulphur fuel, as its use as a clean fuel is overshadowed by commonly known scrubbers, low-sulphur fuel oil and LNG.

Vard Holdings has signed a NOK250m ($29.6m) deal with Yara to build the world’s first autonomous and electric container vessel, scheduled to be launched in early 2020.

The upcoming stricter emissions control regulations will be to the advantage of bigger and more strongly capitalized companies such as Pacific Basin Shipping (PacBasin) ceo Mats Berglund said at a media briefing for its first quarter trading update.

Alfa Laval is taking concrete steps to make connectivity a reality. A new connectivity programme for Alfa Laval PureSOx scrubbers will bring customers simpler and even more reliable SOx compliance.

MAN Diesel & Turbo has won a contract from Sembcorp Marine to supply one of its biggest ever dual-fuel propulsion systems, with scrubbers, for a Semi-submersible Crane Vessel (NSCV) for Heerema Offshore Services.

DNV GL has given Approval in Principle (AiP) for a high-horsepower selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system from Tenneco.

MAN Diesel & Turbo has run successful tests of a new liquid-gas-injection engine, the ME-LGI, set for installation on a newbuild Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) methanol carrier series.

China is mulling new rules on fuel quality and emissions for shipping, according to Environment Protection Ministry official Xiong Yuehui.

The European Parliament has approved a regulation forcing transparent Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) in its waters, despite the objections of industry representative groups.

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